- The definition of a bower is an area shaded by trees or other plants, a woman's private dressing room or a country cottage.
- An example of bower is an arbor covered with vining flowers.
- An example of bower is the room where a bride would get dressed for her wedding.
- An example of bower is a small private house where a newly wedded couple would go for their honeymoon.
A wisteria bower.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a place enclosed by overhanging boughs of trees or by vines on a trellis; arbor
- Old Poet. a rustic cottage or retreat
- Archaic a lady's boudoir
- a hut and platform of twigs built by a male bowerbird: used only for courtship and not as a nest
Origin: Middle English bour ; from Old English bur, room, hut, dwelling, akin to German bauer, bird cage: for Indo-European base see bondage
- bowery adjective
Origin: German bauer, peasant (akin to bower): so called from the figure sometimes used as the jack
Origin: ; from bow
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- A shaded, leafy recess; an arbor.
- A woman's private chamber in a medieval castle; a boudoir.
- A rustic cottage; a country retreat.
Origin: Middle English bour, a dwelling, from Old English būr; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
- bowˈer·y adjective